**spoiler alert** A very interestingly written book, at first I thought it was very strange that it was narrated by death, however as I continued to r...more**spoiler alert** A very interestingly written book, at first I thought it was very strange that it was narrated by death, however as I continued to read and be drawn into the plot and it's characters, I also grew to enjoy the different style in which the book was written.
Set in Nazi Germany during World War II, the book revolves around a young girl named Leisel, who, after stealing her first book while burying her younger brother, develops a fetish for books and reading, thus provoking the beginning of her career in book thievery.
The characters have depth and background so that Zusak ensures you know why they are the people they are. You can't help becoming fond of many of the main characters, even though most of them start off to be quite irritating, which makes the ending of the book even harder to bear. Do not expect a happy ending.(less)
There is no doubt that Ian McEwen is a very talented writer. For the first third of the book I was held in rapture and (although I had seen the movie...moreThere is no doubt that Ian McEwen is a very talented writer. For the first third of the book I was held in rapture and (although I had seen the movie and therefore knew what to expect) I loved reading his indepth descriptions of the characters and their surrounds. I couldn't stand the character of Briony though, she is so ignorant, however I believe that is exactly how the author wanted you to percieve her. He wants you to hate her at first, and, as it happened, grow to like her as the book progresses and she grows up. Towards the middle of the book it got a little slow, but then picked up again and I was once again held captive by the story. Absolutely wonderfully written, and although heartbreaking, a fantastic, detailed book.(less)
There was something missing from this book. The characters were quite boring and seemed underdeveloped, the story was slow and the book was filled mos...moreThere was something missing from this book. The characters were quite boring and seemed underdeveloped, the story was slow and the book was filled mostly with dialogue or thoughts of the characters that were constantly repeating themselves. There was hardly any action and sometimes the descriptions were lacking, but other times they were surprisingly good. Not my favourite WWII story. There was no passion in the storytelling or the characters. Would give it 2 and a half stars.(less)
This book was thrust into my hands by a friend upon visiting her house one day. She claimed I absolutely MUST read it. So I took it home and it lived...moreThis book was thrust into my hands by a friend upon visiting her house one day. She claimed I absolutely MUST read it. So I took it home and it lived on my shelf amongst my other books for awhile, until it came the time that I had nothing to read. I read half of it, then went overseas for two months. I was just getting into it, but decided not take it in case I lost it or damaged it. Upon my return, I couldn't really remember if I was enjoying it or not, but I picked it up and decided to finish it. Then I was hooked. I was captivated by the characters and the love between Laila and Tariq and the heartwrenching cruelty of the world they lived in. It made me cry on more than one occasion, gasp out loud at how shocking it was, but still I couldn't put it down, so thoroughly had Hosseini drawn me into the story with his writing.(less)
The newest installment from Ms Furnivall was just as pleasing and engrossing as it's predecessors. Moving away from the setting of China and Russia as...moreThe newest installment from Ms Furnivall was just as pleasing and engrossing as it's predecessors. Moving away from the setting of China and Russia as in her previous novels and into the exotic, stifling heat of Malaya during the second world war. It was fascinating reading about a part of the world that doesn't get too much time in the spotlight, and observing how the war effected the country and it's people. The story itself was rich with intrigue and the characters mostly personable. Connie's son, Teddy was incredibly likeable for a child character, Connie herself was similar to Furnivall's other heroines - self sacrificing, brave, gentle, honorable and graceful. Overall, I liked it very much. Furnivall remains one of my favourite authors.(less)
It's funny how the books that you turn out to love the most, are the ones you came upon accidently. I only bought this book be...moreThis book was brilliant.
It's funny how the books that you turn out to love the most, are the ones you came upon accidently. I only bought this book because I had a $10 voucher for a bookshop, and there was this book, sitting in the bargain bin for $10. So essentially, I got it for free. I didn't think it sounded particularly good, but it was set during World War II, and the fact that I have a deep fetish for that era was enough to convince me to get it. It sat on my shelf for quite awhile, until I suddenly felt that it was time to read it. And boy, am I glad I did.
The story and characters were so detailed and thriving with personality. Reading it was like reading exquisite, smart, colourful poetry, combined with an intriguing history lesson of not only Greece during the occupation of the Italian's and the German's in WWII, but also of the politics involved during the time. It was truly a delightful book, with so much to learn and so many characters to love.
The only qualms I had was the ending. It wasn't as satisfactory as it could have been, I feel as though it was a little unneccesary.(less)
As with Captain Corelli's Mandolin, the first half of the book is written from a huge cast of characters' different perspectives - telling their life...moreAs with Captain Corelli's Mandolin, the first half of the book is written from a huge cast of characters' different perspectives - telling their life stories and points of view, thrown in with several political explanations - and gathered together in the middle to finally create a recognisable storyline.
I'm not entirely sure how I read this whole book, as the first half I hardly knew what I was reading or who I was reading about, everything was so hard to follow. However, just when I was getting bored, everything somehow started to tie together and I found myself becoming interested in a few of the characters. I found the gurilleros particularly endearing.
I'm not usually inclined to read anything to politically focused, however I put up with it as it was quite enlightening to discover just how corrupt and violent South America can be (the army in any case). It was a learning experience and overall, I did enjoy most of reading this book.(less)
I wouldn't have thought that Cold Mountain would fall into my pile of books I couldn't finish. I absolutely loved the movie and had high hopes for the...moreI wouldn't have thought that Cold Mountain would fall into my pile of books I couldn't finish. I absolutely loved the movie and had high hopes for the novel it was based on. At first I struggled with the way the text was layed out - no speech quotations, leaving you to guess or assume who or when someone was talking. But this slight irritation quickly gave way and I was able to enjoy the book - for a time. At first the lengthy descriptions of flora and fauna and nature was interesting. Then it got boring when nothing much else was happening. I was also kind of desturbed by some of Charles Frazier's descriptions and by most of the characters. It gave the impression that America during that time was filled with nothing but sluts and rednecks and violence with the occasional honourable character thrown in (Inman, Ada and Ruby). No doubt the author has talent in writing but I had to stop. Maybe one day I'll pick up Cold Mountain and finish the story, but for now I'll stick to the movie.(less)